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Police investigating whether viral Malden guys found Red Sox banner or stole it

September 20, 2018 - 4:13 pm

Not only will the men who "found" the Red Sox division champions banner not be getting any "recipocation" (their word) for it, but they're apparently getting investigated by police for it.

Somerville Police told WBZ-TV on Thursday that they are investigating whether the banner was found, as the men claim, or stolen.

"This matter is currently under investigation," police said. "As this is an active and ongoing investigation, no further information will be provided at this time."

Tony Lafuente, the owner of Flagraphics, which made the banner, told the Boston Globe he wasn't sure if the banner "fell off the truck, or if it walked off the truck."

Later in the interview, he more pointedly said, "These guys stole my banner" and "should be ashamed of themselves."

Malden resident Louie Iacuzzi and his friend James Amaral went viral Wednesday in a video posted by the Globe in which they explained how they found the Red Sox' 2018 American League East title banner after it fell off the back of a truck on McGrath Highway in Somerville.

They said they were hoping to get some playoff tickets in exchange for returning the banner, but wound up getting nothing when they brought it to Fenway Park later in the day Wednesday.

They're standing by their story, though, with Iacuzzi telling the Globe in a follow-up interview, "They lost the (expletive), they’re the ones that (expletive) up. I found it, I’m trying to do the right thing.

"I found the flag. I was never looking for money or fame or anything. I wanted to return it ever since I seen it."

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